Jakson Reetz Catcher Potomac Nationals
DOB: 1/3/96 Height: 6-1 Weight: 195lbs Bats: Right Throws: Right
Future Grades: Hit (30) Power (30) Arm (50) Defense (50) Speed (35)
Reetz was drafted by Washington in the 3rd round, 93rd overall, in 2014 from a Nebraska high school and signed quickly for $800,000. He is listed at 6-1 195lbs, with a well-built upper body, thick legs and little projection remaining. Reetz is a quality athlete for the position, with good agility and foot speed, consistently running 4.43-4.47 seconds home to first. Reetz is a gritty competitor who plays with passion and fire.
Defensively Reetz possesses quality arm strength, with a quick release and reasonable accuracy, giving him the profile as a future solid-average arm. Reetz is a solid athlete and has the frame to catch 100+ games per year. He has good agility and feet, helping him block errant pitches well. He has decent hands and actively attempts to frame pitches., although he will on occasion stab at pitches. He lacks elite defensive tools but his athleticism and sheer desire should make him a future average major league defender.
Reetz has a lengthy right-handed swing with mediocre bat speed. He has a flat, linear swing, which generates line drives but hinders his ability to backspin the ball. In addition, his mechanics put his right arm in a unique mid-swing position, further limiting his bat speed. He has strong hands and powerful forearms, which help him generate pull side power in batting practice, but this fails to translate during game action. At his best, he shows a mature approach at the plate and utilizes the middle of the diamond. Unfortunately his swing flaws cause him to struggle against velocity, forcing me to project him as a future “30” hit and power hitter.
The almost 22-year-old prospect is intriguing due to his raw athleticism, quality throwing arm and the ability to stay behind the plate defensively. Unfortunately, his swing and lack of bat speed limits his overall prospect profile. Overall, the parts feel greater than the whole with Reetz. Due to his draft pedigree and physical tools, Reetz will be given the opportunity to climb Washington’s organizational ladder, but I am skeptical of his ability to consistently hit upper minors pitching. Reetz’s defensive skills give him a ceiling as a backup catcher, with his likely outcome being a Double-A or Triple-A contributing player.